Australia supports 2.6 million more doses of vaccine for Vietnam

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Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh receives Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne on November 9 – Photo: Chinhphu.vn

Information supporting the vaccine was given by Foreign Minister Payne during two meetings with his Vietnamese counterpart Bui Thanh Son and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on the same day of November 9. Ms. Payne is visiting and working in Vietnam on the occasion of the annual foreign ministers’ meeting between the two countries.

Australia’s further support for a COVID-19 vaccine for Vietnam is the result of a working session between Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the COP26 Conference taking place in the UK, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Up to now, Australia has committed to support Vietnam with 7.8 million doses of vaccine, including 2.6 million doses of the vaccine Ms. Payne announced on January 9 and will deliver immediately. 700,000 doses of vaccine for Vietnam “in the next few weeks”.

During a meeting with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on November 9, Ms Payne emphasized that Australia attaches great importance to and considers Vietnam a focus and priority on many issues.

The Australian foreign minister also expressed his desire to elevate the strategic partnership with Vietnam in the coming time, highly appreciating Vietnam’s stance on the East Sea issue, and peacefully settling disputes in accordance with international law. .

For his part, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh suggested Australia continue to maintain official development aid for Vietnam and consider opening the market for a number of agricultural and aquatic products.

The Prime Minister thanked and suggested Australia continue to create favorable conditions for the Vietnamese community in Australia, continue to provide scholarships and encourage and create conditions for Vietnamese students. The Prime Minister also suggested the two countries continue to support each other and between ASEAN and Australia in issues of peace, cooperation and development in the region and in the world, including the East Sea issue.

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Minister Bui Thanh Son presents flowers to Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne on November 9 – Photo: INTERNATIONAL Newspaper

In another meeting on the same day, November 9, Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son and Foreign Minister Payne agreed to strengthen cooperation in science, technology and labor between the two countries. Accordingly, Australia will consider applying the “agricultural visa” policy for Vietnamese workers.

The two sides also agreed to strengthen cooperation on defense cooperation such as training, military medicine, defense industry and cooperation in UN peacekeeping operations.

Minister Payne affirmed that Australia will continue to provide scholarships to Vietnamese students and consider allowing Vietnamese students who have received 2 vaccines to return to this country to study.

According to the Australian Foreign Minister, Canberra will step up cooperation and promote sustainable development of the Mekong sub-region, especially in the field of climate change response, and affirmed Australia’s support for Vietnam to organize the Forum on climate change cooperation. ASEAN sub-regional cooperation on sustainable development and inclusive growth by the end of November 2021.

The two ministers also exchanged views and positions of the two sides on the East Sea issue, affirming that disputes should be resolved peacefully, on the basis of respect for international law, especially UNCLOS 1982.

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